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Is there such a thing as 8sp brakes???(4 posts)

Is there such a thing as 8sp brakes???KP
Jan 3, 2002 12:48 AM
i'm building a bike right now, and i've found what seems to be a good deal on some 105 brakes. they are listed as 8sp and i wanted to know what the difference is between 8 and 9 sp brakes. i was planing to use them with an ultegra 9sp. double drivetrain. i never hear of this is the mtb world of brakes. can anyone enlighten me? thanks in advance.
re: Is there such a thing as 8sp brakes???Dave Hickey
Jan 3, 2002 3:33 AM
No problem. The 8 spd refers to the 105 model year. All they're saying is the brakes came from a 105 group that had an 8 speed derailleurs and shifters. They will work fine.
re: Is there such a thing as 8sp brakes???pmf1
Jan 3, 2002 4:53 AM
As DH says, they'll work fineThe only real difference are the replacement brake pads. The older 8-speed stuff had the rubber pad attached to the metal sleeve that screws into the brake arm. In the newer 9-speed rendition, the sleeve is left on the brake arm and you only replace the ruber part (its slides on and is attached by a small screw). Both cost the same (~ $10/pair). I like the latter better since you don't have to worry about re-positioning the brake pad every time you change them. You just slide them in and its ready to go. Its not that big of a deal though. I'd just make sure I kept at least a few pairs of the older pads around in case they become hard to find.

I think Performance has good pictures of both on their website. If what I'm saying makes no sense, look there.
Thanks...KP
Jan 3, 2002 10:13 AM
i totally get what you guys are saying. the newer 105 calipers can be found for $50, the older 105's are at chucksbikes for $35 a pair.thanks.